The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Puerto Princesa City will actively support the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) as the new lead agency in the implementation of the government’s campaign against drugs.
Police Senior Inspector Pearl Marzo, Information Officer of City Police Office, said PNP personnel will be working closely with PDEA considering that the agency has inadequate manpower to handle the anti drugs campaign.
Marzo’s statement was in relation to the surprise order issued by President Rodrigo Duterte Thursday to strip the PNP organization its erstwhile role in leading the administration’s core program, its war on drugs. President Duterte’s order came in the wake of a significant decline in his popularity based on a survey conducted by Social Weather Stations (SWS).
“Wala namang problema sa amin ‘yan kasi originally PDEA talaga ang lead agency. Nabago lang noong umupo ang ating presidente. Pero kung sa operations lang, andiyan pa rin kami,” Marzo said.
The presidential order also applied to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), the Bureau of Customs (BOC), the Philippine Postal Office (Philpost), and other concerned agencies and task forces.
Duterte’s memorandum signed October 10, 2017, on the implementation of Republic Act (RA) 9165, the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, the President stated:
“I hereby direct the NBI, PNP, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Bureau of Customs, Philippine Postal Office, and all other agencies or any and all ad hoc anti-drug task force, to leave to the PDEA, as sole agency, the conduct of all campaigns and operations against all those who, directly or indirectly and in whatever manner or capacity, are involved in or connected with, illegal drugs.”
The president also cleared that all information/data received by the NBI, PNP, AFP, BOC, Philpost, and all other agencies or task forces be relayed, delivered, or brought to the attention of the PDEA for the agency’s appropriate action.
Marzo said the PNP will now concentrate its efforts on the campaign against criminality including internal cleansing.
“Focus naman kami ngayon sa crimes, pero andiyan pa rin ang presence namin kapag kailangan kami ng PDEA,” Marzo said.
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